Salome, a world premiere at San Francisco Ballet

An argument favoring bilingual education: When a child whose first language is not yet well-established is placed in a classroom where only English is spoken, the child develops “subtractive bilingualism,” making mastery of both languages difficult. Something along these  ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Ailey Company has visited UC Berkeley every year for over 20 years. This 2017 series has three programs with works by several choreographers relatively new to Ailey’s original group. Among these are Robert Battle (current artistic director of the  ...

Betroffenheit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJASICbz3Gg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfs-SEx1nCU There is a room in Jonathon Young's mind created from trauma. It has an electrical box, a harsh fluorescent overhead industrial light, a wall phone, and a corner in which to hide and whimper;  ...

Must-See Balanchine

Stagers Bart Cook and Maria Calegari return as Balanchine Trust emissaries to transmit the particularities signaling George Balanchine’s momentous break with traditional classical ballet to another generation of dancers. In three works, “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” “Prodigal Son,” and “Diamonds”  ...

Frankenstein

Sparks flew at Friday evening’s San Francisco Ballet performance of Liam Scarlett’s “Frankentstein.” Unfortunately, they produced more light than heat. By the end of the co-commission with London’s Royal Ballet, quantity turned to quality, and Vitor Luiz’s jolie-laid rendering of  ...

Last Work (2015) West Coast Premiere

Last Work (2015) Batsheva Dance Company By Ohad Naharin Yerba Buena Center for the Arts February 15-17 Produced by S.F. Performances https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dTiq6uwYUo A girl in a blue silk dress is running. Her long red  ...

Dance Lovers 6

Whiz-bang choreographer and dancer James Graham just curated his 6th season of “Dance Lovers… duets by couples, crushes, and comrades.” It is his annual Valentine offering that allows husbands and wives, husbands and husbands, wives and wives, and just plane  ...

Black Choreographers Festival

The Black Choreographers Festival celebrated its 13th year by returning to the Malonga Casquelourd Center where it was performed in 2005. As Kendra Barnes, BCF co-producer suggests, ‘”it is like returning home.” The unique program featured the special talents of  ...

Nancy Karp + Dancers

“…reestablish identity and place” Nancy Karp and her company of six dancers have attempted a complex work, evoking “memory/place” as the title suggests. The three-part piece, accompanied by live music throughout, is complex, moving and often mystifying. Dealing with  ...

Diablo Ballet, “Body and Soul”

Diablo Ballet presented a program of four works. Two were pas deux excerpts, short in duration. The first of these was from Christopher Wheeldon’s “Mercurial Manoeuvres,” itself a bit of a maneuver within a maneuver, given the eleventh-hour  ...